This was our first trip to Key West and we wanted a nice place to stay that wasn't extremely expensive, but at the same time close to Old Town. Douglas House met both of these criteria. Their rates were very reasonable compared to other available housing. Just a half block off of Duval St. it was close to some shops and restaurants but the most action was on the other end of Duval, which is a mile long which made our end very quiet. We stayed in Peach Palm #4 which is right off the street. It was not huge but adequate and very clean and neat. It had a small front porch with 2 chairs to enjoy the cool breezes during the day and evening. The porch was enclosed with lattice and had a secure and locking door. Locking French doors led from the porch to the bedroom. The bedroom was not real big; big enough for a queen side bed, 2 end tables and a corner cabinet with a TV. It was not cramped, just not huge as some hotel rooms. The bed seems to be a little antiquated. It was very bouncy...although we usually sleep on a Sleep number bed so it could be that we just aren't used to a regular spring mattress! A small room opened off of the bedroom that contained a small refrigerator and microwave and a rattan chair. The bathroom was small but again adequate. It had a shower with curtain, sink and a stool. Their was a medicine cabinet over the sink.The towels in our room were very nice and thick. A window air conditioner kept the room plenty cool but was noisy. We preferred using the ceiling fan. The wi-fi is nonexistent! Don't know where the hub is located, but we were probably less than 30' from the office and we couldn't register enough to use it. There is a small pool in the middle of the housing complex. It was sparkling clean and beautiful among the landscaping that is evident all around the pool area. Chairs were beside the pool for sunning and a bistro table and chairs set off on another part of the deck to enjoy the shade. Towels, coffee and tea were provided poolside. An ice machine was situated in the deck area along with a soft drink machine. There is some parking in front of the Inn and we were lucky enough to snag one of them. We didn't move our car the whole time we were there. Other free parking is in their lot just down the block.
Didn't like the idea of having to sign off on quite a few rules and regs. like a $50 lost key charge and a $75 per extra person per night charge and a $35 'let me in my room' charge but I imagine they have very good reasons for having these rules.
We totally enjoyed our stay at the Douglas House. We like the idea of staying someplace that has the feeling of being in a home rather than some hotel room. If we ever find ourselves coming back to the Keys we will definitely return here and will recommend to friends to stay at the Douglas House.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A peaceful oasis awaits you in this historic Old Town retreat nestled amid lush gardens. Luxurious, yet affordable, accommodations range from deluxe rooms to comfortable suites and two bedroom, two bath condominiums. Amenities include pool, hot tub, free parking and free continental breakfast daily. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Douglas House Hotel Key West
- Douglas House Key West